“Social justice is about equality and fairness between human beings. It works on the universal principles that guide people in knowing what is right and what is wrong. This is also about keeping a balance between groups of people in a society or a community.
Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants.
We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.”
Source: United Nations
Our Commitment To Social Justice
As Social Justice refers to creating a society that is based on the principles of equality and understanding the value of human rights, it is in direct alignment with our organisational values and philosophy.
As an organisation of over 650 staff, we have embraced the Social Justice message and looked at powerful ways to raise awareness and showcase our advocacy for Social Justice throughout the community.
FSGA collectively advocates for Social Justice by giving it a regular ‘Day’. Every Wednesday all FSGA staff are encouraged to wear something orange, to remind them of the FSGA value and philosophy and what we are advocating and working towards.
We have implemented this by adopting the colour orange to represent our energy, enthusiasm and passion for social justice and use this day to also think about the social injustices in the world and our community. We have appropriately named the days ‘Orange Wednesdays’, and it has been embraced by all who work for FSG Australia, as well as families and friends of staff and participants.
Due to the enthusiasm and commitment shown by staff for our ‘Orange Wednesdays’ we have since created a ‘Social Justice Focus Group’. This group meets every 6 weeks to discuss and address injustice by advocating, raising awareness, brainstorming solutions and collaborating with existing social justice groups in the community. We encourage internal awareness of social justice issues throughout FSGA and hope the community shares this commitment with us.
The Colour Orange
The colour orange represents enthusiasm and adventure. Orange is also associated with optimism, rejuvenation and spontaneity and is a very sociable colour. It stimulates the mind, creates a renewed interest in life and inspires creativity.
It is a great motivator and boosts self esteem and encourages excitement for change. In colour therapy orange is used for energising and revitalizing. It acts as a pick me up and aids recuperation after a bout of illness.
For mental and emotional ailments orange is used to aid depressive states, melancholy and grief. So based on this analysis, we have adopted it as part of our organisation’s colour palette and proudly wear it!